Choosing the Right Sunglasses: What You Need to Know
Protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays is as easy as donning a pair of quality sunglasses any time you leave the house. If you wear corrective lenses, you can even order a custom pair of prescription sunglasses to suit your needs! Still, with so many options available when it comes to sunglass styles, lens options, and tints, it can be difficult to know what you need to maximize your eye protection.
Consider Your Lifestyle
Start by considering your unique lifestyle, as there are a few different types of sunglass frames available to suit differing needs. For example, if you lead a more active lifestyle, you may benefit from a pair of sport sunglasses, which are designed to be worn during physical activities like hiking and running. These are made with lightweight materials for maximum comfort and often feature special grips and/or straps to keep them secure.
If you’re just looking for a basic pair of sunglasses to wear while embarking on your everyday errands, a pair of casual-style sunglasses will suit you just fine. These will provide your eyes with the protection they need while driving and spending leisurely time outdoors.
Explore Your Lens Options
You’ll also want to consider specific sunglass lenses when deciding on the eyewear that’s right for you. Polarized lenses are one of the most common types of specialty lenses used in sunglasses because they offer a special coating that helps to significantly reduce glare. This makes them ideal not only for driving, but for spending time on the water (or on the ski slopes for some late spring skiing!).
Photochromic lenses are another popular option; these unique lenses can actually sense the level of sunlight and adjust your protection as needed. These are also commonly referred to as “Transition” lenses and can be a great option to combine your eyeglasses and sunglasses needs.
If your needs vary, you might consider a pair of sunglasses that offer interchangeable lenses. This will allow you to easily swap out your lenses to suit your changing lifestyle while saving you from needing to order separate pairs of glasses.
What About Tints?
The tint of your sunglasses will affect how much light is able to reach your eyes, as well as how you perceive contrasting colors. Therefore, choosing the right tint to suit your needs is important.
If you plan on wearing your glasses mostly outdoors, then you’ll probably want to opt for a darker tint (like brown or gray), as these will help to reduce eye strain in even the brightest of outdoor conditions. If you mainly plan on wearing your sunglasses in low-light conditions, then a lighter tint (like yellow or amber rose) will help to improve your perception of contrasting colors while also helping with depth perception.
These are just a few of the most important considerations to keep in mind when ordering new sunglasses to suit your needs, lifestyle, and budget. If you’ll be ordering prescription sunglasses, we also recommend that you have an eye exam so we can make sure your corrective lens prescription is up-to-date!
To further investigate your sunglass options, visit the Whylies location most convenient to you!